lip makeup How To Identify Your Lip Shape

Plus, tips on how to make your pout stand out.

May 16, 2022
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Your lips are one of the most distinct features on your face. From the Cupid's bow to the bottom curve, our lips are as unique as a fingerprint. Identifying your lip shape can help you discover new and flattering ways to use various types of lip makeup to accentuate your natural pout or create a dramatic look. 


If you’re wondering what your lip shape is and how to make it stand out, grab a mirror and keep reading for our tips on how to identify your lip shape sans a lip chart.


1. Full Lips

Full lips are the most common of shapes and are typically defined by lips that are plump all-around on both the top and bottom, with no gap between. This shape is easy to accentuate — choose a shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Reds Of Worth Satin Lipstick line that will make your lips’ natural volume and curves stand out. 


2. Heavy Upper Lips

This lip shape is identified by an upper lip that is fuller or larger than the bottom lip. For a simple hint of definition, use a lip liner like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner to enhance your natural shape. The collection includes a variety of nude shades across skin tones.


If you prefer to even out your top-heavy lips, use the liner to carefully outline your bottom lip just outside the lines, creating the illusion of a fuller appearance. Then fill in the remainder of your lips, keeping the liner within the constraints of your upper lip.


3. Wide Lips

Wide lips are usually longer than they are full and reach from cheek to cheek to create your signature smile. If you prefer to create the illusion of a pout with more height, try creating an ombré lip to offset your shape. Use two coordinating, creamy lipsticks like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick in Peach Fuzz and Nature's Blush to get the look. 


First, fill in your lips using the lighter shade. Then use a small lip brush to apply the darker shade to the outer corners of your lips. Blend the two shades where they meet to create a seamless transition. 

4. Round Lips

Those with lips that are nearly the same width and height, complete with rounded edges are considered to have a round lip shape. While you won’t need help in the fullness department, use your lip look to add a bit of width to your pout. 

Grab a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, to fine-tune your shape. Trace just outside the edges of your lips at the outer corners of your pout. As you near the center, continue to line your lips by following their natural shape and finish with color in the middle.


5. Heavy Lower Lips

When your bottom lip is larger or fuller than your upper lip, this is considered to be a bottom heavy lip shape. For a lip look that accentuates your upper lip, use the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Anti-Feathering Lip Liner to outline your upper lip, drawing just outside your natural lip line. Then line your bottom lip, making sure to color only inside the lines. Finish by coloring in your pout — and kissing your uneven lip shape goodbye!


6. Thin Lips

Lips that have less volume and are naturally slim are considered to be a thin shape. To accentuate slim lips, you can use a lip liner to slightly overline the lips to make them appear fuller. Then add a swipe of a plumping lip gloss, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Gloss Plump, to create a visibly plumped and instantly volumized pout.


7. Bow-Shaped Lips

Bow-shaped lips are full in size with an upper lip that resembles the shape of a bow. Give your lips a small boost by swiping on a shiny lip gloss shade from the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss collection. Infused with hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract, it soothes and moisturizes lips while it gives them a glossy wash of color.


8. Heart-Shaped Lips

Heart-shaped lips typically have a pronounced Cupid's bow on top, with a sharper bottom lip. Accentuating your lovely shape is as easy as adding a pop of highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, to your Cupid’s bow. It goes on smoothly like a face moisturizer and offers a natural glow.


9. Downward-Turned Lips

This lip shape is defined by lips that turn slightly downward at the corners. To define the curves of your pout, you’ll want to use a lip liner like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner and a bit of concealer. 

First, use a concealer to blend the corners of your mouth into your skin. Then, as you can probably guess, use your lip liner to outline and “redraw” the corners of your pout upward. 


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Updated by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Lauren Paige Richeson